Re: American Imperialism?

From: Robert Owen (
Date: Sun Mar 19 2000 - 19:08:58 MST

Michael S Lorrey wrote:

> You are automatically assuming that the original works of the artist
> were a clear perspective. Orwell never spent any time in a communist
> nation, he only knew what he heard by hanging out with the Cambridge
> bred aristo-communists popular in Britain in the 30's. Ask Sasha
> Chislenko what he thinks...

Without taking any stand on the politics of the case, I must say, Mike,
that the phenomenon you describe can be hilarious. While a graduate
student my favorite chess opponent had inherited enough money to have
just about anything he wanted (except perpetual victory, of course)
including a live-in femme fatale whom I considered the most beautiful
woman in the world. A propos of nothing, her name was "Polly Parrot".
Naturally I was in love with her. "It's just his MONEY" I told myself
over and over again. Perhaps it was.

But my chess friend was a fanatical, card-carrying, belligerent and
"imperialistic" COMMUNIST. Being quite bright, he really *knew* his
Marx, Engels, Smith, Weber, Lenin, Mao and so on. He held forth
in a "Fair Play for Cuba" type Forum on campus, and I nurtured in an
equally expansionist way what I HAD to call "The Nietzsche Study
Group" -- at the time I thought benevolent authoritarianism was a
good thing, all in all, but of course considered myself an authority-
in-residence. We both got over all this, but both took a lot of abuse
and ridicule for our noble causes.

I personally find John le Carre' and his world of George Smiley the
most vivid way of learning about the "Cambridge Communists".


Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA

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